Ea­ger for pres­ence in Kir­wan

Vin­nies buys own store

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - CHAR­LIE PEEL

FOR the first time in more than 20 years, the St Vin­cent de Paul So­ci­ety has bucked the leas­ing trend and pur­chased a prop­erty in Townsville.

The new Vin­nies store will open at 375 Charles St, Kir­wan, in late Au­gust af­ter an ex­ten­sive fitout.

It will be one of eight Vin­nies stores in Townsville.

Vin­nies Townsville Dio­cese ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Jenny Man­ga­naro said she was very ex­cited when the set­tle­ment went through last Fri­day.

She said Vin­nies al­ready owned two other stores in Townsville, but it was rare for the char­ity or­gan­i­sa­tion to buy prop­erty.

Ms Man­ga­naro said the pur­chase was a strate­gic move and showed the group was mak­ing a com­mit­ment to Townsville and the Kir­wan com­mu­nity.

“Vin­nies has rented its store on Gol­lo­gly Lane in Gum­vale for 33 years,” she said.

“We looked at our op­tions when our lease re­newals came up.

“We de­cided we could keep rent­ing or we could see if we could get a loan and buy a build­ing.

“The mar­ket sup­ported us and we were able to fi­nally make a com­mit­ment to Kir­wan. From a strate­gic plan­ning per­spec­tive, we wanted to own a site and put down roots.”

The sale of the 278sq m build­ing was fa­cil­i­tated by Knight Frank agents Re­nee Ni­col and Paul Dury.

Ms Ni­col said the site had at­tracted a lot of in­ter­est, es­pe­cially in a strong buyer’s mar­ket, and she was glad that Vin­nies had found a home.

“The build­ing is a good for Vin­nies,” she said.

“It’s the per­fect size and per­fect lo­ca­tion, be­ing near other ser­vices.

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“There’s lots of park­ing and the fact that it stands alone on the main in­ter­sec­tion means it stands out as well.”

Within a year, the Moun­tain View Vin­nies store will also re­lo­cate to Kir­wan.

“Vin­nies Kir­wan will do all the things a reg­u­lar Vin­nies does,” Ms Man­ga­naro said.

“It will be a fam­ily store and we are plan­ning a chil­dren’s play area in­side as well.

“It will be re­ally wel­com­ing.”

Vin­nies has been op­er­at­ing in Queens­land for more than 120 years and in Townsville for more than 100 years.

The stores are staffed by vol­un­teers and the money raised goes to those in need through­out the com­mu­nity.

With an ex­ten­sive fitout planned for the new premises, the for­mer hair­dress­ing sa­lon will be painted in Vin­nies colours.

“We want it to look good and we want it to be an as­set to the sub­urb,” Ms Man­ga­naro said.

“We think it has great street pres­ence, it’s cen­trally lo­cated and the lo­ca­tion is very prom­i­nent.

“It’s im­por­tant this shop looks as pro­fes­sional and as good as it can.”

From a strate­gic plan­ning per­spec­tive, we wanted to own a site and put down

roots JENNY MAN­GA­NARO

Pic­ture: SHAE BE­PLATE

DEAL DONE: St Vin­cent de Paul’s Jenny Man­ga­naro with Knight Frank agent Re­nee Ni­col at the Kir­wan premises.

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